PhD Position - Solid State Electrochemistry - Electrocatalysis

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Germany

February 6, 2022

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Advertising division: IEK-9 - Fundamental Electrochemistry

Reference number: 2022D-003

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  • At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Fundamentals of Electrochemistry (IEK-9), we perform research on highly relevant topics related to the energy transition. For example, we investigate new battery concepts and how we can turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the fuel of the future. The aim is to develop sustainable and cost-effective electrochemical systems with improved energy and power density, longer life- time, and maximal safety. Find out more about our mission and future-oriented projects here: https: // go.fzj.de/IEK-9

    We are offering a

    PhD Position - Solid State Electrochemistry - Electrocatalysis

    Your Job:

    Electrochemistry is expected to play an important role in the transition away from fossil-fuels to a renewable energy and a hydrogen based economy. As part of the Power-to-X, iNEW2 (Inkubator für Nachhaltige Elektrochemische Wertschöpfung) project with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF), we are investigating the use of excess renewable energy to upgrade greenhouse gases such as CH4 and CO2 into carbon-neutral and -negative higher-value products (further info on the projects: https: // go.fzj.de/IEK-9Power-to-X and https: // go.fzj.de/IEK-9iNEW2 ). Intermediate temperature ceramic hydrogen transport membranes offer the unique capability to accomplish this, so we are pursuing efforts in solid-state electrochemistry and heterogeneous electrocatalysis to develop proton-ceramic membranes, electrocatalysts and catalytically active electrodes for large scale devices. As part of a new branch of our institute, your efforts will aim to develop electrocatalysts and catalytically active electrodes, investigate electrode reaction kinetics, and characterize stability and performance. Using promising developments, chemical production and conversion rates will be quantified, then in collaboration with industrial partners, reaction conditions and process flow design will be optimized for TRL advancement aimed at industrially relevant chemical production processes. Your tasks in detail:

  • Consulting literature and becoming knowledgeable in the current state-of- the-art

  • Preparation of electrocatalysts, electrodes and other materials

  • Microstructural and electrocatalytic performance characterization (some available instruments include SEM-EDAX, XRD, XPS, TGA, DIL/CTE, EIS, j-V, MS/GC)

  • Testing matrix development, execution and data processing

  • Reporting activities and results via internal reports, manuscripts and presentations

  • Your Profile:

  • Excellent Masters degree in Physics or Chemistry as well as relevant experience

  • Knowledge of catalysis and/or electrochemistry

  • Experience with GC/MS operation, calibration and data analysis

  • Laboratory experience and computer skills

  • Enthusiastic, excellent cooperation, communication and team-work capabilities

  • Independent, motivated and responsible

  • Willingness to learn and ability to think outside of the box

  • Fluency in oral and written English is mandatory, language skills in German are desirable

  • Our Offer:

    We are offering the opportunity to work in a brand new multi-disciplinary environment using state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure to develop next-generation energy- and chemical-sourcing technology. We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • An international research environment with well-equipped laboratories in one of the largest research centers in Europe

  • Mentored autonomy in theory and experimentation

  • Close proximity to the beautiful cities of Cologne and Aachen

  • Fun and social working atmosphere

  • Extensive company health management

  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family- friendly corporate policy

  • 30 days of annual leave

  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors: https: // www. fz-juelich.de/judocs

  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

  • The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at: www. fz- juelich.de/gp/CareersDocs

    We are anticipating a June 2022 starting date for this position. Please submit your cover letter, CV and references only in English.

    Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

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